Raytheon's newest Standard Missile-3 takes out complex, separating short-range
ballistic missile target
PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, KAUAI, Hawaii, May 16, 2013
PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, KAUAI, Hawaii, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Standard Missile-3 Block IB fired from the USS
Lake Erie destroyed a complex, separating short-range ballistic missile target
with a sophisticated separating mock warhead.
Despite stressing conditions designed to challenge the missile's
discrimination capabilities, the SM-3 successfully engaged the target using
the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space.
"Combatant commanders around the globe echo the desire for more SM-3s in the
fleet, because their confidence in the defensive capabilities of the missile
is extraordinarily high," said Dr. Taylor Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems
president. "Today was the third successful test of Raytheon's next-generation
SM-3, and it should give us all great assurance in our nation's ability to
take on a wide range of ballistic missile threats."
The test marks the 23rd successful intercept for the SM-3 program, a critical
piece of the United States' Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense.
Assessment data gained during this test will be used to support an upcoming
SM-3 Block IB production decision.
"Previous tests of the Raytheon SM-3 Block IB proved the weapon against a
unitary target and a separating target with a complex debris scene," said
Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Missile Systems' SM-3 program director. "This flight
test continues to prove the robustness of the missile's discrimination
capabilities against threats that are representative of what we'd see in
The SM-3 is a defensive weapon used by the U.S. and Japan to destroy short- to
intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Based on the highly successful SM-3
Block IA currently deployed around the world, the SM-3 Block IB incorporates
an enhanced two-color infrared seeker and the Throttleable Divert and Attitude
Control System, a mechanism that propels the missile toward incoming targets.
For more specifics on the test scenario, go to www.mda.mil.
About the Standard Missile-3
SM-3s destroy incoming ballistic missile threats by colliding with them, a
concept sometimes described as "hitting a bullet with a bullet." The impact is
the equivalent of a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph.
oMore than 135 SM-3s have been delivered ahead of schedule and under cost.
oRaytheon is on track to deliver the next-generation SM-3 Block IB in 2015.
oSM-3 Block IB will be deployed in both sea-based and land-based modes.
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and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a
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